November 18, 2011 9:00 AM | Eric Caoili
Gary Garcia (pictured on the right), one-half of pop duo Buckner & Garcia and co-creator of early '80s hit single "Pac-Man Fever", reportedly passed away at his home in Englewood, Florida yesterday.
Long before MC Frontalot, Mega Ran, and other geek-themed musical acts made a living out of video game songs, Buckner & Garcia rose to the top of the U.S. Billboard charts with "Pac-Man Fever", a Pac-Man parody of Ted Nugent's "Cat Scratch Fever".
The group followed it up with a full novelty album packed with tracks about arcades games, like "Do The Donkey Kong", "Ode to a Centipede", "The Defender", and "Mousetrap. That album went on to sell more than a million copies.
Buckner & Garcia wrote and non-gaming songs, too, like "The Theme To WKRP In Cincinnati", "E.T., I Love You", and a number of ad jingles. Pac-Man Fever also saw a re-release in 1999 with re-recordings of the original album's tunes.
Though Buckner & Garcia were out of the spotlight for the most part in recent years, the pair saw its songs from Pac-Man Fever released on Rock Band Network in June, and earlier this month recorded its latest (and last) track, "Found Me the Bomb", a tribute to gaming site Giant Bomb.
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